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PM’s Gati Shakti plan to focus on quantum jump in infra growth, boosting connectivity | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The ambitious Gati Shakti Master Plan will focus on shifting from “disjointed planning” to “integrated planning” of all centrally-sponsored infrastructure projects. Officials said the launch of the programme by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday will focus on quantum jump that the government has planned by 2024-25 as compared to 2014-15 like nearly 100% increase in NH length, nearly 300% increase in the number of airports, heliports and water aerodromes, 150% jump in cargo transport by trains in the next three years and 4G mobile phone connectivity to villages by 2022.
Sources said the mega launch will see the presence of who’s who from the industries, trade and private sector. The scheme focuses on seamless movement, multi-modal connectivities, reducing the logistics cost, comprehensive and integrated planning for road, rail, port and airport connectivity.
The scheme will subsume the Rs 110 lakh crore National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP), which was launched by the PM in 2019. The government has planned a series of activities including to highlight the plan to take the country’s infrastructure to a different level and road shows across states, sources said.
For example, the government has set the target to increase the length of NH to 2 lakh km by 2024-25, which was only 91,287 km in 2014-15 and to accelerate the annual cargo transport by railways to 1,600 million tonnes, which will be 1.5 times more than that of 2014-15. Similarly, the capacity of ports would be increased by 1.7 times to 1,759 MMTPA. The plan is also to extend the power transmission network to 4.54 lakh circuit km by 2024-25 compared to what it was in 2014-15.
Officials said there is also a lot of focus on increasing the number of operational food parks and agro-processing centres – from barely 2 in 2014-15 to 133 by 2024-25. “Two defence and 11 industrial corridors will also be ready in the next three years and we will have 25,000 hecatres land developed by DMICDC. All these will bring desired economic growth only when we have integrated planning and execution,” an official said.
In a release, the PMO said infrastructure creation in India had suffered for decades from multiple issues. “There was a lack of coordination between different departments, for example, once a road was constructed, other agencies dug up the constructed road again for activities like laying of underground cables, gas pipelines. This not only caused great inconvenience but was also a wasteful expenditure. To address this, efforts were put in place to increase coordination so that all cables, pipelines could be laid simultaneously. Steps have also been taken to address other issues like time-taking approval process, multiplicity of regulatory clearances. In the last seven years, the government has ensured unprecedented focus on infrastructure through a holistic outlook.”





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